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Historic Happy Valley, a legendary home to the arts, storytelling and living traditions, minutes from Lenoir and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

As you follow this scenic 28-mile stretch of road in the shadow of the Blue Ridge you might imagine smoke rising from the 18th century cabin of Daniel Boone…envision Tom Dula's fateful meeting with Laura Foster on a deserted mountain farm…hear the timeless melodies of an old-time stringband or a chamber music quartet…or marvel at hundred year-old farmhouses that modern-day residents have preserved. Whether you come for a day, a weekend, or a special event, you will experience the spirit of a legendary place in Happy Valley.


Plow Day

The Jones Farm, located on Hwy 268 (mile marker 7.7) hosts its annual Plow Day, celebrating traditional farming methods, on Saturday, May 12. The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. event features horse- and mule-drawn plowing demonstrations, local foods, wagon rides, music making and examples of the “old ways” of farming practiced by the Valley’s early settlers. In the evening, a barn dance will be held at the farm’s historic 100 year-old white barn. Lessons will be offered at 6:30 p.m. and the dance begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact (828) 726-0323.

The North Carolina Arts Council is a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, a state agency.
Susan Kluttz, Secretary; Pat McCrory, Governor

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Living History Days at Fort Defiance in September
Thanksgiving Eve Service at the Chapel of Rest in November
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